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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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1,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 72
Gots: 104 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Double India Pale Ale with Rye Malt brewed in tribute to Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider 1925-1966).

(Beer added by: mcallister on 06-07-2006)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

lvoutlawjlh, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz into a tulip.

Reddish-brown body, offwhite head with good lacing and some whisps of retention. Nose has some sweet caramel, rye bread, a bit of spice and citrus hops. Taste is bitter initially, caramel, rye bread, grapefruit and bitter citrus rind in terms of hops. Medium full feel and a strong bitterness that's fairly abrasive for my liking. Substantial malt sweetness is prevalent throughout as well. Solid rye character in this IIPA, but hops aren't in my wheelhouse - still quite a solid example of the style regardless.

liamt07, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of beer19
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large tulip

A - dark amber, semi-opaque, with a 1" head which dissipates quickly

S - complex malts, hops are also present, figs, ripe fruits, definitely a unique dipa

T - very balanced, one of the more complex taste profiles for a dipa, following the smell there are more ripe fruits, very quad-like, but with an excellent measure of tasty hops thrown in

M - creamy, lightly carbonated, easy drinker for the abv

O - a well executed and crafted beer, will definitely be in the regular rotation

beer19, Apr 28, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark copper body with a one finger thick white head that slowly fades.

S: A LOT of rye and other malt with a tiny bit of bitter hops.

T: A nice amount of rye and malt, but quickly moves to a nice bitter hoppy flavor. There is a lot of bitter flavor that lingers for a long time, but I find that very awesome.

M: Goes down so smooth without a problem and leaves a dry mouthfeel.

O: Just an amazing beer! I am so glad that we can finally get this here in Texas because I fell in love with this brewery when I was in Chicago.

gtermi, Apr 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

UltimateLivewire, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

EyePeeAyBryan, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

CommonRider, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kirkse, Apr 22, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

fisherbray, Apr 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

IPAchris, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

swaghawk, Apr 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

MichaelBurns, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BruceBruce, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

stevegregg, Apr 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

bentonquest, Apr 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

kspongeworthy, Apr 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

TheRuss9585, Apr 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

egrace84, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: A pretty orange-ish red color with a 1/2 finger tan head that slowly recedes.
S: Citrusy, piney hops with a solid caramel/malt backbone.
T: Full and flavorful yet doesn't punch you in the mouth with hops. They're definitely there, but very well integrated. Pine and rye up front; the backbone is incredibly structured with caramel and whole grain bread.
M: Rich, smooth and full-bodied.
O: I'm really enjoying this. Very well made.Rich and complex.

ONUMello, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

flpiii, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kevlee722, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Duke
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From a tulip)

Appearance: Bittersweet Lenny's IPA pours a misty, saturated sorrel colour, with a moderately sized and slightly tanned white head which collapses quickly into a thin white cap.

Smell: This is certainly bold. I'm getting dark rum and all the dark fruits you'd imagine in a big quadrupel - raisins, prunes and figs. But there's apricot or something light and sugary right at the very front too, and then there's a bit of caramel as the beer warms. The hoppy scent and the malts are there but they're quite light.

Taste: Where did that rye come from? I didn't smell it but I'm tasting it behind what is a bowl of well-boozed, well-sugared fresh fruits. The flavour on the whole is very sweet, and quite funky. The hop profile is light and slightly peppery.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels quite robust, and the carbonation level is on the light side of medium, I'd say. The alcohol hangs around, cutting through the beer right to the end.

Overall: There's a lot going on in this big, bold and boozy beer. It's very sweet, yet I think it manages to be well balanced since the mouthfuls feel good and satisfying.

Duke, Mar 31, 2012
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.